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Merced Basin. This study describes adaptation strategies available for maximizing reservoir system benefits and for adapting to the effects of climate change.

3:55 – 4:15 p.m.

Climate Warming on the Long-term Performance and Management of California's Hydropower Sector Jay Lund and Kaveh Madani (UC Davis)

Policy and operational adaptations are examined for California's hydropower system, particularly for potential climate warming impacts. Optimization models are employed, CALVIN (CALifornia Value Integrated Network) for low-elevation and EOM (Energy- based Optimization Model) for high-elevation hydropower. The CALVIN results examine hydropower adaptation together with water supply adaptations for California's complex and extensive water delivery. The results are examined both for implications for climate change research and for California water policy with major long-term population and climate changes. CALVIN suggests how low-elevation hydropower system should be operated under climate change. The EOM was used to examine more than 150 high-elevation hydropower plants in California and its results show how high-elevation hydropower generations in California change with climate warming.

4:15 – 4:35 p.m.

PG&E’s Mountain Hydroelectric System and the Changing Climate Gary Freeman, Pacific Gas & Electric

Gary Freeman of Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) will present a brief description of PG&E’s hydroelectric system and how climate change is regionally anticipated to impact runoff. He will describe likely impacts for both hydro operations and generation production by region and the reasons why. Implications for FERC re-licensing will also be addressed. This will be followed by some of PG&E’s current plans for adaptive management of anticipated impacts and risks.

4:35 – 4:45 p.m.

On-going and Future PIER Studies Guido Franco, PIER/CEC

4:45 – 5 p.m.

Open Discussion

For more information please contact:

Sarah Pittiglio

Guido Franco

916-654-3962; spittigl@energy.state.ca.us or 916-654-3940; gfranco@energy.state.ca.us

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